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Gilbert White’s Regency Dance rounds off Austen bi-centenary in Selborne

Guests celebrating the bi-centenary of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice danced their way into the past on Saturday (7th December) at the Regency Dance, held in Gilbert White’s 16th Century Hampshire Barn.

The Hampshire Regency Dancers were on hand with expert Caller Sally Petchey, to guide novices in the art of Pousettes and Balancé, set to live music provided by the Hampshire Regency Players, led by Sue Leonard. Guests enjoyed a full programme of dances reflecting the stories of Jane Austen’s heroines and a delightful supper, their period costumes bringing the final touch to evoke the era of Hampshire’s most famed novelist.

“There was a wonderful atmosphere,” said Events Manager, Sarah Johanesen, “Thank you to Sally and the Hampshire Regency Dancers, who are always so fantastic at getting everyone involved and their accompanists, the Hampshire Regency Players. Not to mention a tremendous thank you to the dedicated staff and volunteers here at Gilbert White’s, who’s hard work helped to make this such a memorable occasion.”

The 16th Century Barn and Field Studies Centre is the home of the Gilbert White’s excellent educational and life-long learning programmes, as well as being available to hire for weddings and conferences. The Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection museum will be open until 22nd December, Tuesday-Sundays, 10.30am-4.30pm, and will open again on New Year’s Day at those hours, with free entry to their award-winning Tea Parlour and Gift Shop. The museum will then change to its winter opening hours of Friday-Sunday, 10.30am-4.30pm until 17th February 2014.

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